Posts Tagged ‘Girl Scout cookie’

Stossel tried to open a lemonade stand – in New York

February 24, 2012

You won’t believe what it took him. Just for a lemonade stand!

I think it takes 17 permits to open a restaurant in New York. It took one small business-woman a full two years to open a small ice cream shop in San Francisco, in a storefront that had been idle for something like five years!

In Midway, Ga., a 14-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister sold lemonade from their front yard. Two police officers bought some. But the next day, different officers ordered them to close their stand.

Their father went to city hall to try to find out why. The clerk laughed and said she didn’t know. Eventually, Police Chief Kelly Morningstar explained, “We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade and of what the lemonade was made with.”

Give me a break. If she doesn’t know, so what? But kids trying their first experiment with entrepreneurship are being shut down all over America. Officials in Hazelwood, Ill., ordered little girls to stop selling Girl Scout cookies.

These people will get caught eventually in their own snares, because the house of freedom they are pulling down will come crashing down on top of them with it, just like Stalin’s fellow Party bosses in Russia who fell to their master’s own firing squads to be replaced with people who couldn’t compete with him.

But there is always a remnant of people who think freely. Many Americans are waking up to the message of freedom, of loving thy neighbor as thyself, which is what freedom from top-down control is…